Latest Neuroplasticity Stories
There are a number of drugs and experimental conditions that can block cognitive function and impair learning and memory.
Biomedical scientists at the University of California, Riverside have identified a new link between a protein called beta-arrestin and short-term memory that could open new doors for the therapeutic treatment of neurological disorders, particularly Alzheimer's disease.
Each part of the body has its own nerve cell area in the brain –we therefore have a map of our bodies in our heads.
Age-related delays in neural timing are not inevitable and can be avoided or offset with musical training.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (http://www.ohsu.edu) have discovered that a molecule critical to the development and plasticity of nerve cells – brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) -- is severely lacking in brainstem neurons in mutations leading to Rett syndrome, a neurological developmental disorder.
A key feature of human and animal brains is that they are adaptive; they are able to change their structure and function based on input from the environment and on the potential associations, or consequences, of that input.
Researchers from the University of Bristol have discovered that a chemical compound in the brain can weaken the synaptic connections between neurons in a region of the brain important for the formation of long-term memories.
Neuroimaging has provided fascinating insight into the dynamic nature of human brain maturation.
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